Voigt wins Tour of Germany on home soil

KARLSRUHE, Germany -- Jens Voigt won the Tour of Germany on
Wednesday, while Graeme Brown of Australia took the final stage.

Voigt finished 1 minute, 38 seconds ahead of American Levi
Leipheimer after eight stages, pedaling into Karlsruhe for his 50th
career triumph. Andrey Kashechkin of Kazakhstan was third overall,
2:23 back.

"This my biggest win. To win in Germany as a German, it's a
dream come true," said the CSC rider, who has twice worn the
yellow leader's jersey at the Tour de France.

Brown completed Wednesday's 106.9 miles in 3 hours, 46 minutes,
38 seconds. Erik Zabel of Germany and Danilo Napolitano of Italy
were second and third in the same time.

"The first few days were a bit disappointing because I was
looking for a result and didn't get it, but things came round at
the end." Brown said.

The flat stage came down to a mass sprint and Brown found a gap
to surge to the front over the final yards. The Rabobank rider's
second stage win is expected to help his hunt for a new team next

Voigt took control of the Tour of Germany on Monday, catching
Leipheimer in a stage through the Alps, although he is not known as
a climber. His cause was helped when the highest peak -- the
6,628-foot Kuehtai -- was dropped from an earlier stage because rain
made it too dangerous.

Information from The Associated Press and Reuters was used in this report.